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Lehre vom richtigen Verhältnisse zu den Schöpfungswerken, und die durch öffentliche Einführung derselben allein zu bewürkende allgemeine Menschenbeglückung [.] Mit 8 Kupfert. von D. Chodowiecki, und einer Musik von W. A. Mozart.
Hamburg, (Ziegenhagen), 1792. - 8vo. (10), 633 pp. With engr. frontispiece, 1 large folding engraved plate, and 6 engr. plates by Daniel Chodowiecki as well as a folded musical supplement (8 engraved pages of notes on 4 folding plates) by W. A. Mozart. Contemp. half calf with giltstamped label to richly gilt spine. Rare first edition of one of the principal early works of utopian socialism, at the same time the first printing of the famous Mozart cantata "Die ihr des unermeßlichen Weltalls Schöpfer ehrt". - Ziegenhagen had amassed a considerable fortune as a cloth merchant before founding an agricultural reform colony in Billwerder near Hamburg in 1788. In his present work Ziegenhagen recommends building further colonies of this kind, based on common property, careful planning and collective life, which were to ensure their residents freedom, social security and general abundance. Ziegenhagen appealed to the gentry, wealthy citizens and the French convent to support his plans. - Excellent copy, entirely untrimmed on two edges, in an attractive contemporary binding, clean and spotless throughout. Endpapers and cover paper restored around 1910 by Ferdinand Bakala, probably Vienna's greatest bookbinder of the time. - Very rare, in contrast to the later editions. Lanck./Oehler II, 119-120 and 214. Rümann 1299. Schröder 4549, 1. Bauer 1551-54. Engelmann 664-667. Mozart: KV 619. RISM M 4161. Wolfstieg 4161. Not in Menger or Kress. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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